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bellator-132-event-poster Bellator is one of the world’s premier MMA organizations and Bellator 132 promises to be a premier event. Live on Spike from Temecula, California will air Bellators first event of 2015. Headlining the bout will be an absolute war for the featherweight title between Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Daniel Straus. There are 3 other fights on the main card, including a bout with serious implications in the same featherweight division. This is MMA Latest News’ preview of Bellator 132.

WELTERWEIGHT
Marius Zaromskis (20-8, Siauliai, Lithuania) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (22-13, Menifee, CA)
The Main Card starts off with a battle in the welterweight division as “The Menifee Maniac” takes on “The Whitemare”. Both of these fighters are very experienced and have quality wins under their belt. Zaromskis has lost two out of his last three and is looking for a win to get back into the elite level of Bellator’s welterweight division. Gonzalez made his Bellator debut on July 25th 2014, he won that fight and has won another. He has never lost in the Bellator cage. Gonzalez is a very good all around fighter and will be taking on Zaromskis, who is a very good stand up fighter. Gonzalez is fighting in his home state and will be looking to rack up his third straight Bellator win and Zaromskis is looking to get back in the title picture in the welterweight division with this win. Should be a very interesting matchup.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Houston Alexander (16-10, Omaha, NE) vs. Virgil Zwicker (12-4, Temecula, CA)
The scene: Bellator 129, October 17th 2014 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Alexander and Zwicker battled to a controversial draw in the Co-Main Event. Now they meet again in Zwicker’s hometown for Bellator 132 to prove who is the true winner once and for all. Alexander is nearly ten years Zwickers elder, but watching him fight, you wouldn’t be able to tell. He is an incredible wrestler and has heavy hands as well. Once two of the most popular light heavyweights in the world, this will be a very good matchup as the experienced Alexander, takes on the talented Zwicker.

CO-MAIN EVENT
FEATHERWEIGHT
Bubba Jenkins (8-1, Corona, CA) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (23-4, Riverside, CA)
If Bellator’s top 2 fighters are fighting for the title in the Main Event then it is very possible that numbers 3 and 4 are fighting in the Co-Main. “The highlight kid” Jenkins is looking to put together some more highlights in what could potentially be a bout to determine who gets the next title shot. Jenkins was considered the hottest prospect in MMA until he lost to LaRue Burley at Bellator 100. This shocked the Bellator community, as Burley was a 2-0 no name at the time. Jenkins said that he was incredibly unprepared for that fight, however, and he has taken every fight seriously since then. He has won four in a row since the loss and looks prime for a title shot. Karakhanyan has been in the featherweight division’s elite for a long time. Prior to his last fight, a loss in the World Series of Fighting, he was on a nine fight win streak. He has fought Patricio Freire, who is fighting in the title fight later that night and is looking to get a shot at the winner. This bout has serious title implications and will be a very good preview of how exciting the Featherweight division is.

MAIN EVENT
FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
Patricio Freire (22-2, Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil) vs. Daniel Straus (22-5, Cincinnati, OH)
In the Main Event of the evening there is fight for the featherweight title between the Champion Patricio Freire and the challenger Daniel Straus. This will determine who is the best featherweight in Bellator and will be an incredibly exciting fight. At Bellator 45, Freire defeated Straus via Unanimous Decision in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Now the time has come for them to meet again. Freire has never been finished in his MMA career and is on a five fight win streak, including a 5 round Unanimous Decision victory to claim the belt over Pat Curran at Bellator 123 in September. This will be his first title defense. Straus won 7 of 8 after the loss to Freire in order to get his title shot. In his first shot at the title he lost via Decision to Pat Curran. It will be interesting to see where this fight goes. Straus claimed leading up to the fight that he would be able to “walk through” Freire. It will be a very exciting end to a very exciting card.

 

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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